In Vitro Fertilization

Many of our patients throughout the Raleigh area turn to in vitro fertilization to make their dreams of growing their family a reality — and when they need premier doctors capable of handling this procedure with a caring and experienced hand, they turn to our fertility clinic in Raleigh, NC: Atlantic Reproductive Center.

What is IVF Fertility Treatment & How Does It Work?

One of the main fertility treatments we utilize at Atlantic Reproductive is in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves the fertilization of eggs with sperm — with the process taking place outside of the woman’s body.

The IVF pregnancy process typically goes as follow:

  1. Ovulation Induction – Before IVF can occur, your doctor will prescribe a series of medications designed to help stimulate healthy eggs, and, hopefully, make more of them readily available. We want to obtain as many quality eggs as possible at one time.
  2. Egg Retrieval – When the time is right, the eggs are ready to be harvested. Utilizing a local anesthetic and a mild sedative, our medical staff can safely remove the eggs and store them until insemination takes place.
  3. Insemination – Using sperm from your partner or those of a donor, our embryologist will inseminate the eggs and place them in an incubator. In the majority of instances, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, will be used, which calls for the injection of one individual sperm into each oocyte.
  4. Embryo Transfer –  Five days after fertilization takes place, the blastocysts are then placed in the woman’s womb.

Most of our patients ask about potential side effects. Fortunately, for most, IVF is painless; however, some women report cramps and a general feeling of bloatedness after the procedure occurs.


For a consultation with Dr. David Walmer or Dr. Susannah Copland and to discuss IVF success factors, contact Atlantic Reproductive today. We have experience providing IVF infertility treatment to patients in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and beyond.